Dionysus Ebony V. , Val P.
Explain the Cult of Dionysus: • • Cult of Dionysus –religious practice worshiping Dionysus. Associated with satyrs and centaurs Characteristic: Bull, ivy and wine Dionysia Festival in Athens- dedicated to him
• Statue of Dionysus
What was Dionysus the god of? • • • God of Wine God of Wilderness God of Vegetation God of Fertility God of Ecstasy God of Festivity
“God of Wine and vegetation. . ”
What was this god like? • Depicted as either an older bearded god or a long haired youth • Symbols: drinking cup and vine • Accompanied by satyrs and nymphs • Enjoys life and its pleasures
“he loved life and it’s pleasures”
Why was this god important to theater? Festival held in Dionysia in the spring- plays performed Theatres names after him Tragedies closely connected to Dionysus Tragedy, etimology –tragoi/goats (dionysus’ followers sometimes depicted as goats • Aulos or double pipe accompanied tragedies ( dionysus’ was many times depicted playing the aulos) • •
How did the Greeks celebrate this god? • • • The Great Dionysia in March Plays in agora Performed plays (tragedies, comedies etc. ) Danced Drunk a lot of wine
“ They celebrated The Great Dionysia in the Agora”
Explain Dionysus’ relationship to the other gods. • • Son of Zeus and Semele (mortal princess) Considered a semi-mortal by most gods. Apollo's half brother Head of the nymphs and the satyrs.
Apollo, Dionysus and Hermes
Fun Facts: • Also known by his Roman name Braccus. • He was the only god with a mortal parent. • Rescued his mother from the underworld.
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